Let's be clear: The press does not want you to think about current events. They want you to "feel" them. By doing so, they control your entire thought process on what you're reading, and what you're seeing.
This series of photographs, to me, is one of the basest examples of propaganda I've ever seen. There's no logical reason for a photograph like thisâit contains no information, but merely reduces the entire argument over the war to base emotions. And, as we all have learned over time, information transmitted by raw emotion can only be referred to as one word:âPropaganda!
UPDATE 21-AUG-2006 08:51 EST: I've completed the commentary which goes along with the photographs. Be sure to check it out by clicking on the "Read More" link below!
UPDATE 24-AUG-2006 12:34 EST: I WAS RIGHT! Check out this photo, which appeared on today's wires, sent by Zohra Bensemra of Reuters. Not quite as dramatic as Ben Curtis' dreck, but the same basic concept!Our first photograph, sent in by the award-winning Ben Curtis, is supposedly a woman mourning at a funeral for the civilians killed at Qana. Ben's caption neglects to mention that the "29" people killed were less than half of the initially-parroted estimatesâbut that's not important, we merely need to feeeeeeeel the pain of this picture. It's curious that Ben elects not to provide any context around this picture, though. I wouldn't be surprised to see the funeral dotted with Hezbullah flags. Zombie wrote an excellent analysis of this kind of context-free emotion about a year ago, which is still well worth reading.